first_imgShareRice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsMEDIA ADVISORYDavid [email protected] [email protected] U. event to highlight new book about political life in ‘all-American town’HOUSTON – (March 30, 2018) – A new book from Rice University’s Bill Fulton, director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, offers an account of what life is really like for a local elected official. The Kinder Institute will host a launch for the book, “Talk City: A Chronicle of Political Life in an All-American Town,” April 3 at 7 p.m. as part of its “Urban Reads” series. Return to article. Long DescriptionThe event will feature a conversation between Fulton and the Houston Chronicle’s Lisa Gray and will take place at Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative. To register, visit             “Urban Reads” series event: “Talk City: A Chronicle of Political Life in an All-American Town.”When:            7 p.m. April 3.Where:           Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative, 6500 Main St.The book is a collection of blog posts authored by Fulton during his time as a local elected official in Ventura, Calif. Fulton served as a city councilman from 2003 to 2009 and mayor from 2009 to 2011. The blog on which the book is based was created by Fulton in late 2006, not long before he announced his re-election campaign for the Ventura City Council. The posts chronicle his life representing what he described as a “typical American city.”“Most people thought [the blog] was just a campaign stunt, but in fact I had a different idea in mind,” Fulton said. “I wanted to make sure my constituents understood the reasoning behind my votes, and the time and space to do that explaining simply weren’t available during the high-profile, high-pressure Monday night council meetings.”The blog’s focus shifted over time and covered issues ranging from his style in managing city council meetings to dealing with issues related to the Great Recession. The entries range from short posts to well-developed essays. Fulton said the blog accurately conveys what life was like in the trenches as an elected official in a typical local government.More information about the book is available at” alt=”last_img” /> read more